Laws and regulations

Specific Conditions for the Host Family:

Guidelines Regarding the Host Family in the Netherlands

  • The host family consists of at least 2 or more persons, and you must have sufficient financial means to support the au pair.
  • The host family must have lawful residence in the Netherlands.
  • The au pair has not previously worked for the host family (abroad).
  • The host family is registered in the Netherlands in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). The au pair is registered at the host family’s address and also lives there. The au pair is not allowed to stay at an address other than that of the host family.
  • The host family and the au pair make a schedule for all 7 days of the week. This schedule is signed by both the host family and the au pair. The schedule must include at least:the number of hours of light housework the au pair will do and who the alternative is for the au pair to do the light houseworkwhich 2 days of the week the au pair has off
  • The au pair is an equal member of the family, part of the host family, and comes to the family as part of a cultural exchange. In return for pocket money, board, and lodging, the au pair takes care of the children and performs light housework.
  • The au pair may officially not work more than 30 hours per week (spread over a maximum of 5 days) and a maximum of 8 hours per day. Since this involves a live-in guest, the boundary between supporting the family and personal time can sometimes be unclear. Super Nanny Au Pair Services advises you on how to handle this boundary. The au pair’s pocket money amounts to a minimum of €300 and a maximum of €340 per month. The au pair is entitled to 2 days off per week. At least once a month, this must be a consecutive weekend. The au pair may be asked to babysit a maximum of 3 evenings per week, within the maximum of 30 hours per week and 8 hours per day.
  • The au pair has the right to practice her religion up to a maximum of 3 evenings per week.
  • The au pair is entitled to at least 2 weeks of paid vacation for a 12-month stay. Leave arrangements must be discussed by the au pair well in advance with the host family. In practice, the au pair usually goes on vacation when the host family does, but discuss this well in advance. If desired, you can take the au pair with you on vacation, but note that if you go on vacation outside the Netherlands, your au pair may not perform any work, independent of her right to 2 weeks of paid vacation.
  • The au pair may not perform work outside the family. She may stay in the Netherlands for a maximum continuous period of 12 months and must then return directly to her country of origin. The au pair lives with the host family and is registered at the host family’s address.
  • The host family provides the au pair with an independent room of at least 12m2 with a window that can open and is equipped with central heating. The room is fully furnished and equipped with a bed, table with chair, internet access, a TV or radio. The costs of lodging (food and drink) are entirely for the host family’s account. Products for personal care should be paid for by the au pair herself.
  • The host family provides the au pair with a bicycle and a mobile phone (prepaid). This way, the au pair is always reachable.
  • The host family is responsible for applying for the correct visa documents (MVV/VVR) for the au pair, for registering the au pair with the correct authorities (e.g., Municipality), and for paying all costs arising from this. Super Nanny Au Pair Services supports in this if desired. As Super Nanny Au Pair Services is a reference for the IND, we apply for both the entry visa (MVV) and the residence visa (VVR) for you. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the entire process. The application for MVV and VVR happens simultaneously. If you have an au pair without an entry visa, you are obliged to apply for the VVR through Super Nanny Au Pair Services. According to Dutch law, the host family is responsible for taking out au pair insurance (medical costs and repatriation) for the duration of the stay (maximum 12 months).
  • The host family pays the return (flight) ticket, with a maximum validity of 12 months, for the au pair.
  • Finally, the host family allows the au pair to attend a Dutch course. The costs are paid by the host family with a maximum contribution of €395 incl. VAT.
  • The host family must have sufficient income.

Au Pair and Exchange

The host family must earn at least the legal minimum wage for their family situation plus 50% of the minimum wage for couples and unmarried cohabitants.

The total income requirement

The standard amounts under the Minimum Wage Law (Wml) are revised and published in the Government Gazette by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) every year on January 1 and July 1. Therefore, the standard amounts are valid until a new standard amount is announced by the Minister of SZW. Below are the Wml standard amounts as they apply from January 1, 2024.

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Application for a residence permit as an au pair

Required amounts valid from 1 January 2024 up to and until 30 June 2024


Host family of a married/unmarried couple living together

Gross SV salary per month without holiday allowance € 3,104.10
Gross SV salary per month with holiday allowance € 3,352.43

SV salary is the social security salary (in Dutch: sociaalverzekeringsloon or sv-loon in short). This is the gross salary on which wage tax and national insurance contributions (for unemployment, sickness and incapacity for work benefits)are calculated. The SV salary is on your salary strip.

Host family of single parent

Gross SV salary per month without holiday allowance € 2,483.28
Gross SV salary per month with holiday allowance € 2,681.95

SV salary is the social security salary (in Dutch: sociaalverzekeringsloon or sv-loon in short). This is the gross salary on which wage tax and national insurance contributions (for unemployment, sickness and incapacity for work benefits)are calculated. The SV salary is on your salary strip.

 

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